Pop superstar Taylor Swift stopped in the middle of a performance on Saturday to scold security guards that she believed were being too aggressive with her fans.
Swift was in the middle of her second show of three at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field when security began forcibly removing fans who were climbing on barricades during the show – and she apparently felt that they were being too rough with her audience.
🚨| Longer video of Taylor trying to stop a situation from further arising between security and some fans at tonight’s show during Bad Blood
“Hey stop. He wasn’t doing anything. HEY! STOP!”
— The Eras Tour (@tswifterastour) May 14, 2023
Swift was in the process of performing her hit song “Bad Blood” when she suddenly stopped singing and pointed off stage, shouting, “She’s fine. She wasn’t doing anything. Hey, stop! Stop!”
Swift continued to point and shout at the security guards, saying, “Stop!”
One concertgoer tweeted about the experience, saying that the guards in question had been “putting their hands on us to physically push us off of the barricade instead of just telling us to move” — which was what reportedly caused Swift to react in the way that she did.
At the previous night’s show, Swift had given a shout out to two VIPs — the two oldest children of friends Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. The “Gossip Girl” alum was on hand at the show with daughter James (8) and Inez (6) in tow.
“Hi James, hi Nezzy,” Swift mouthed in their direction at one point, waving at them on several occasions throughout the show.
Lively and Swift are so close that the actress’ kids reportedly view the singer as an aunt – and according to Reynolds, until very recently they believed Swift just liked to sing “as a hobby.”
“They just thought Taylor’s just like an aunt, like a friend of Mommy and Daddy that’s very, very close, almost family,” Reynolds said during an interview last fall. “And then they went to a concert one day and were like, ‘Ohhhhh, this isn’t a hobby.'”